Check out Robert M. Macrae’s article in The Clearwater Times: “Stay crazy: the question of peace in a world with rising tensions”. The British Columbia, CA article questions our assumption that peaceful societies are idealistic and that war is inevitable.
An attendee at an event Macrae attended suggested he read Riane Eisler’s book The Chalice and the Blade. He offered this advice: “Keep asking why seeking peace seems crazy, naïve or hopelessly idealistic”.
Macrae read The Chalice and the Blade, and takes away this conclusion:
“Eisler argues that until Western societies abandon hierarchical, unequal, male-dominated societies founded on acquisition and consumption far beyond our needs, in exchange for equality and sharing the earth’s resources sustainably and equitably, war and its crushing toll will continue without end.
War, concludes Eisler, is not the rule. It reflects a recent arrest and reversal in social development. Humanity is currently locked in infantilism, fascinated with bobbles, squabbling over toys. With such insight, a return to the peaceful, egalitarian garden of our Neolithic forebearers is neither crazy nor naïve. It’s entirely possible”.
-Thanks to Valerie Young, CPS’ social media associate, for letting us know about this article